I went to my pantry on Sunday, looking for some noodles and came across a packet of champion vermicelli noodles. First I checked the expiration date… doesn’t expire until September. Jackpot!!! So I made vermicelli noodle cake. This is not a savory dish for those non Guyanese familiar with Vietnamese Vermicelli noodles or Pho. This is a sweet delicious noodle cake. I didn’t have any raisins or maraschino cherries (traditionally what is added to this dish) but I didn’t let that stop me. I had a can of cherry pie filling, so I topped my vermicelli cake with that and it was so, good. Creativity is always welcome in my kitchen.
Now for the recipe…
Vermicelli Cake (Serves 12)
1 lb Guyanese style vermicelli noodles
1 can condensed milk
2 cans evaporated milk
(2 cups water)
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 can cherry pie filling (optional topping)
Combine condense milk and evaporated milk in a large saucepan. Add ground cinnamon and essence. Stir until condense milk completely mixes with evaporated milk. Add to high heat and bring to a boil. Melt butter in another saucepan, on medium heat. Break noodles into 3 inch pieces. Add noodles to melted butter and parch/toast. Stir constantly to ensure noodles parch/toast evenly. Add parched/toasted noodles to pot with boiling milk. Reduce heat and let noodles simmer until fully cook. If necessary add up to 2 cups of water to prevent noodles from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Once noodles are completely soft and the milk mixture has thickened but not completely evaporated, add to a greased baking pan and let cool. When completely cooled, cut into squares. I topped mine with some cherry pie filling. It was so deliciously refreshing.
Tips and Ramblings:
1. I know someone reading this will say, where are the cherries and the raisins, but hey I promise it didn’t need it.
2. Be careful when you are cooking the noodles, the milk mixtures evaporates really quickly if the heat is too high and you will have al dente (slightly hard noodles). For this cake you need the noodles to be fully cooked almost to the point of being over cooked.